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Time to Celebrate; Morris County Woman Turns 107 Today

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Carmela Lepore
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Lil Picaro (left) who is 102 and Carmela (right) 107
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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Today is a special day for Morristown resident Carmela Lepore, Today Carmela Lepore is celebrating her 107th birthday today.

Born to two Italian Immigrants on January 30, 1910, Lepore spent the first five years of her life in Swissvale, Pennsylvania before moving back to Italy with her parents and three siblings. She remained in Italy until age 16 when she moved back to the United States to live with her Aunt Stella and Uncle Antonio Picaro along with their 7 children in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

She was married just prior to World War II and had three children.

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“It was a rough life in the 20s and 30s economically and my mom worked in the garment industry from age 16 until her retirement at age 70,” said her daughter Kathy Claxton.

Although she never exercised regularly or maintained a healthy diet, Claxton said she was able to stay in shape by not only working full time outside the home, but also raising three children. She also enjoyed a glass of red wine every night.

She also remains close with her large extended family as well and even remember to send birthday cards to all her nieces and nephews. Lepore is the aunt of TAPInto Elizabeth’s editor Fran Sullivan. Sullivan, has always been very close to her aunt and has many fond memories of her growing up.

“Aunt Carmela is a beloved member of our family, not only to her own children, but to a long list of nieces and nephews", said Sullivan.  "Her loving and nurturing nature has enriched the lives of all her family and many friends. She has been like a grandmother to my three children Andrew, Aileen and Alexander and they treasure her as such.  Since she has a better memory than most people half her age, she is able to share her invaluable memories from her 107 years of a charmed life,” she said.

To this day, Lepore is still interested in politics and civic matters. She even watched the inauguration of Donald Trump in its entirety.

Her daughter said that although she is a little hard of hearing, she is in great shape and is cherished by her entire family.

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